RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A longtime Long Island court clerk has posted her own bail after appearing in court on charges that she stole more than $50,000 in bail and other money with which she was entrusted.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Christine Stulsky, 64, posted $5,000 bail and slowly walked out of the courtroom with her daughters after pleading not guilty to charges on Friday.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Stulsky resigned this week as senior clerk at the Southold Town Justice Court.

Her duties included collecting fines deposited from closed cases and depositing bail funds.

Authorities said Stulsky stole more than $50,000 of that money and used it on groceries, pet food and cigarettes.

“We’re going to conference with the district attorney’s office and see if we can work it out with them,” defense attorney John Strode told Hall.

Stulsky has worked for the town court since 1980.

It wasn’t immediately clear if she had a lawyer.

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